Creative Perspective Chapter 5

Hello Class! 聽Welcome to the聽exciting world of TWO聽POINT PERSPECTIVE!



One Point Perspective聽or聽Parallel Perspective point perspective works well for situations like the one below, where the viewer is oriented directly in front of a set of parallel lines like railroad tracks or a long hallway.



But what if you want to show the viewer something from an angle?



Two point perspective uses two vanishing points set well apart on the horizon line. The rule of thumbs here is sets of parallel lines must be either vertical or recede toward one of the two vanishing points.

READ CHAPTER 5 of聽Creative layout for Artists to learn more!



AND … Here are a couple of additional tutorials to get you started!

Happy Drawing!

AND a slightly more advanced one…

Creative Perspective Chapter 4

Hello Class! 聽Welcome to ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE!

To create a聽drawing from聽One Point Perspective you need to know a few basic things.聽One Point Perspective聽is also called聽Parallel Perspective聽because YOU are parallel to the objects that you will be drawing. Also, vertical lines are parallel and horizontal lines are parallel and the back edges of objects that recede in the distance are parallel to the front edges of those objects.


Below is your required reading of the week.





Composition : Where the subject matter sits in relation to the frame of the image or Picture Plane.

Picture Plane: The frame of the image. Everything inside the frame of the image makes up the picture plane.

Value: All of the different shades including and between white and black, which make up the image.

Contour: All of the edges which separate one part of the image from another: i.e. the outlines! 鈥榗ontour鈥 is French for 鈥榦utline鈥.

Focal Point : A聽specific place of visual emphasis in a work of聽art聽or design.

Line Weight : The relative ‘weight’ – strength, heaviness, or darkness – of the contour line.

Contrast: The arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement and drama.

Balance: The sense of distribution of perceived visual weights of the parts of an artwork.

Symmetry: A mirror image — identical on both sides of a central line.

Asymmetry: Not a mirror image — not identical on both sides of a central line.

Negative Spaces: The empty areas within a composition.

Positive Forms: The objects or persons within the drawing. The subject matter.

Silhouette: A silhouette is an object or scene represented as a solid shape with its edges matching the exterior contour of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, with no interior details.


Scale: Size, usually in comparison to something else. For instance, a child is a small-scale person, while a giant is large scale. Both people are being compared to the average size of an adult.

Proportion: the relative amount of something compared to something else. For instance, Johnny is twice the size of his sister, or there are twice as many apples as oranges in the bucket.

Discussion Week 3: AUBREY BEARDSLEY



The artist Aubrey Beardsley聽was a聽major figure of the 19th-century art nouveau

movement, known for his incredible use of Composition and Negative Space.



Look up Aubrey Beardsley. Read about聽who he was and the importance of his work.聽Then, choose a favorite image by Beardsley.聽Post it to our class site. Label it by the聽category, discussion, 聽Briefly explain why you聽chose it and how Beardsley uses Composition and Negative Space聽within the image. READ previous posts and don’t choose the same examples.

Uploading Instructions

Upload photographs of your assignment聽drawings from this semester in the Drawings Category on this site and also in your聽ePortfolio.

Be sure to give the drawings a title.聽 On our class site, write brief descriptions of the drawings, and be sure to reference the drawings鈥 titles.聽 Your descriptions should include what you feel the aim of each drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.聽 Of course you may write other comments as well. For instance, you may ask questions for other students to answers.

How to Post to our class: On this class site, go to Post聽located on the left聽> Give your drawing a title in the subject line like this:聽Assignment 1, contour drawing: “My Converse Sneakers” > Write a brief description of the drawing in the Comments space > Just above your title click on the Add Media icon (it looks like a camera on top of a music note) and browse for your file > Click Insert > Click Drawings in the list of Categories on the right > Click Publish at the top right.

Your description should include what you feel the aim of the drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.聽 Of course you may聽include other聽thoughts as well.

How to Post to your ePortfolio:聽 Go to Dashboard > New Page > Pages > Add New > Locate 鈥淧arent鈥 in the Page Attributes > choose 鈥淎cademics鈥 from the pull-down menu. In the Title area of your ePortfolio, be sure to write the name of our class (Foundation Drawing) or our course code (COMD1103).聽 Also be sure to Publish, and invite me to join your ePortfolio.聽 In settings, be sure to state either聽鈥淧ublic鈥 or 鈥淧rivate>visible to City Tech members.鈥澛 Otherwise no one will be able to see what you鈥檝e posted.

To take the photo, find a spot with even light so that you will have no shadows or strange light gradations across the drawing.聽 Frame the drawing so there is a small even frame on all sides.聽 Optimize the file, or reduce it to 72 dpi, with a file size no more than 1MB (about 8-9 inches on one side). Rotate it if necessary to it uploads right-side-up. If you have access to any photo-correcting program, see if you can increase the contrast so that delicate drawing lines are visible.

Life Drawing in New York

Since we are in New York City artists have many options to improve their life drawing skills聽by drawing聽from a model outside of this class. 聽Most of these options offer a student rate. Practicing our craft is VITAL. 聽Take advantage of the resources in our city!




The New York Society of Illustrators is an incredible resource for up and coming commercial artists. 聽The sketch night is a great way to get to know this institution. 聽Its lively with great models,live music, pro illustrators, and often comes with FOOD! 聽This one is wonderful and is the cheapest option I’ve found.


Welcome to Foundations Drawing!


Welcome to Foundations Drawing. 聽Our goal in this course will be to give you the tools and confidence you need to draw accurately from life! 聽During the first few weeks of this course our aim will be to help you examine how you perceive the world and to develop our observational skills.

On this site you will have access to materials presented in class, your weekly assignment pages, and additional helpful resources. 聽Here you will also post your assignment images to share with your classmates. 聽Carefully read the directions in the UPLOADING INSTRUCTIONS POST聽on how to post to this site and to your ePortfolio.

— Happy Drawing!